Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Thoughts on Sewing Out Loud Podcast

First, a disclaimer.  I may never have any readers of this blog here at all, and while that makes a lot of this less fun it will also permit me to feel less torn and worried about sharing my opinions here when they are not entirely positive.  I feel that most bloggers in the quilting and sewing communities present extremely positive views on all the many and varied contributions to the community by others.  I want to be a part of that positive and supportive community, but at the same time I long for the opportunity to share my honest opinions and feelings about things.  I hate feeling that any thoughts I have that aren't entirely positive should be smushed (that's a technical term, you know) down and forgotten or stored away.  So I'm choosing to share, while trying to do so in a respectful fashion.

And, when it comes to podcasts, I feel more comfortable sharing the less positive side of my opinions here than I do in reviews on iTunes as I definitely don't want to discourage others from finding a given podcast and giving it a try.  It seems the stars you give in an iTunes review ultimately add up with those from other reviewers to a result that will either help someone find and try a podcast or not.  I do not feel it is likely that much attention would be paid in that venue to the substance of my written review.  So negative points there, would do only harm and no good.

So, the second mini-disclaimer is that I really do appreciate all podcasters in the quilting arena.  I have been in an intense podcast-listening phase for the last couple years and don't see any signs of that slowing in the near future.  In particular, my favorites are the personal journal style podcasts where fellow quilters just share what they're working on and what's going on in their lives.  I appreciate the interview style podcasts and podcasts put out by industry pros, but those are definitely not my favorites.

So it is perhaps no surprise that I find after 20 or so episodes that I really don't care for the new-ish podcast by Zede and Mallory of Zede's Sewing Studio.  They are a mother-daughter team (we've had a few of those jump into the quilting podcast sphere recently) and clearly very experienced sewists.  Lately, though, I've found myself turned off several times by an egotism and superiority that has started to flavor the hosts' talk on the show.  They often clearly state that they have a better way of doing something than others do or than a method that is popular online, and spend a bit of time talking about how much more amazing their method or opinion is.  Then they will backtrack a bit and offer up that of course for anyone who wants to do it that way and is happy with that, good for them.  But those words always ring extremely hollow after their several minutes of self-congratulatory chatter about their own approach.

I'm sure Zede and Mallory are both very nice people and I absolutely believe they are experienced sewists, but the tone is definitely wearing on me and I just don't believe there is any one right or best way to sew something.  So I definitely find this particular podcast becoming less of a priority for me and could see that it may eventually drop off my list entirely.  That's how my taste works.

I hope we will get some more of my favorite type of quilting podcasts -- those personal journals like Hip to Be a Square, Katie's Quilting Corner, Lazy Daisy Quilts, Quilt Cabana and some of my lost favorites, like the Scientific Quilter, History Quilter and Pioneer Quilter.  I have thought about doing one and may eventually do so, but in the meantime I will keep listening and trying out every quilting podcast I can find!

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